The Oregon State Beavers understand that hardly anyone gives them a chance against No. 9 Oregon on Saturday, but the extent to which some say they're supposed to lose has the players shaking their heads.
Defensive end Scott Crichton is countering the naysayers by pointing out that Oregon State was a big underdog last week, too.
That was the Beavers' 38-21 win over Washington on Saturday, probably the brightest moment so far in a dismal 3-8 (3-5 Pac-12) season.
The Ducks (9-2, 7-1) are coming off a down-to-the-wire 38-35 loss to USC last weekend and have plenty of motivation with a trip to the Dec. 2 Pac-12 title game riding on Saturday's outcome.
Oregon has won the Civil War in each of the last three seasons, including 37-20 last year.